Universal, the distribution company for the Bond series released this statement:
"MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, today announced the release of No Time To Die, the 25th film in the James Bond series, will be delayed until 2nd April in order to be seen by a worldwide theatrical audience, we understand the delay will be disappointing to our fans but we now look forward to sharing No Time To Die next year."
This is the latest of the big end of year movies to get moved to 2021 and with only a few left including Wonder Woman 1984 and Death On The Nile this is leaving 2020 very empty.
With cinemas struggling to reopen safely and attendance in those that have opened struggling even with only 25 - 50% capacity as evident with Tenet's poor box office figures it is no wonder the movie has been delayed.
Film distributers are starting to realise that 2020 is now basically a write off, but this is clearly having an effect on cinema chains that are struggling to stay in business.
The music video for the theme song by Billie Eillish was only released yesterday so this is perhaps strange timing, although the press for this movie is all over the place as the song hit number 1 on the music chart back in February, a couple of months before the original release date!
This is Daniel Craigs reported last outing as Bond but he's perhaps going to have to hang on a little longer for all the press junkets that will happen in March/April next year.
MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, today announced the release of NO TIME TO DIE, the 25th film in the James Bond series, will be delayed until 2 April 2021 in order to be seen by a worldwide theatrical audience. pic.twitter.com/NqHlU24Ho3— James Bond (@007) October 2, 2020